Facile meaning

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Not hard to do or achieve; easy.
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Arrived at or presented without due care, effort, or examination; superficial.

We don't need another facile solution to a complex problem.

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(archaic) Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.
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Acting, working, or done easily, or in a quick, smooth way; fluent; ready.

A facile wit.

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Using or showing little effort and not sincere or profound; superficial.

A facile solution, facile emotions.

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(now rare) Easy to influence or persuade; affable.
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Easy, now especially in a disparaging sense; contemptibly easy. [from 15th c.]
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(now rare) Amiable, flexible, easy to get along with. [from 16th c.]

His facile disposition made him many friends.

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Effortless, fluent (of work, abilities etc.). [from 17th c.]
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Lazy, simplistic (especially of explanations, discussions etc.). [from 19th c.]
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(chemistry) Of a reaction or other process, taking place readily.

Decarboxylation of beta-keto acids is facile...

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The definition of facile is something that uses little effort or is easy to do.

An example of facile is winning a game against a team that isn't very good.

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Origin of facile

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin facilis dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French facile, from Latin facilis (“easy to do, easy, literally doable”), from facere (“to do, make”). Compare Spanish fácil ("easy").

    From Wiktionary